Communications from CISD
Updated 3.29.20 - Grades & Semester Exams Plan
Please check out the link below to access our 4 p.m. Sunday communication and a video from Superintendent David Faltys. The link includes helpful information about Carroll ISD’s Grades and Semester Exam Plan during our extended COVID-19 closure. It also has links to our updated COVID-19 website.
Stay safe and healthy,
CISD Leadership Team
Updated 3.27.20 - Carroll ISD Closed Through April 17
After consulting with Tarrant County Health officials, Carroll ISD is joining other area school districts in extending our emergency closure. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Carroll ISD will be closed through April 17. Online learning and meal delivery will continue throughout the closure.
As of today, Texas has more than 1,700 cases in 105 counties, and the United States surpassed both China and Italy in the number of COVID-19 cases. It’s clear that our communities need more time to flatten the curve and prevent rapid spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please join all of us in Carroll ISD as we follow the emergency disaster orders and social distancing restrictions set forth by our city, county and state officials. Together, we believe we can slow down the virus and make a difference for our health care system.
Schools are not supposed to have empty hallways and quiet classrooms. I know I speak for our more than 1,100+ administrators, teachers and support staff when I say we truly miss your children! We are doing everything we can to provide meaningful online learning activities and counseling resources to ensure continuity of services for our students. Our employees in the technology and food service departments have been nothing short of heroic in their efforts to make sure students are connected and well fed. The pictures and posts being shared online tell a story of a community that is resilient in the face of adversity and committed to helping those in need.
Thank you, parents, for your patience and support during these difficult times. We are proud to be a part of a community that steps up to help and support one another when it’s needed most. We pledge to keep you informed about any new developments during this extended school closure. We look forward to the day when we can reopen our doors and welcome your children back with a smile and a hug.
Updated 3.24.20 - Tarrant County Shelter-in-Place Order
Beginning at 11:59 tonight, Tarrant County residents will be under a new, stricter Executive Order to shelter at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Carroll ISD buildings remain closed through April 3 but public schools do qualify under the order as providing essential services to ensure continuity of learning for students. This means that while most of our staff is working from home, there are a few school employees who are able to report for duty on site so CISD can continue to provide the necessary technology and learning infrastructure needed to serve students. This also includes the continuation of lunch deliveries for qualifying students.
As of today, Tuesday, the Tarrant County Health Department reports four positive cases of COVID-19 in Southlake including three active cases and one person who has recovered. There is total of 71 cases in Tarrant County, 67 of which are active, one deceased and one recovered.
The Carroll School Board will hold a video conference meeting to handle time-sensitive business today at 4 p.m. The public can listen in by clicking on this CISD webpage where an active link will be posted once the video conference meeting begins. Click on the link provided if you would like to access the March 24 School Board Meeting Agenda.
Updated 3.22.20 - You can do this, Dragons!
Hey there, Dragons!
On the eve of Carroll ISD launching online Teacher-Based Instruction for all students, we wanted to go over a few reminders and details to help guide you through the online delivery of instruction for your child(ren). There is a lot of information in this one email, so bear with us and read carefully.
First of all, give yourself a break. The first few days may be a little rough, but you can do this. We are here to partner with you as we all figure out this new norm. Our teachers and support staff have been working so hard this past week to prepare lessons and help us ensure continuity of service. But this will be anything but business as usual. So give yourself a break and be patient as we learn together.
eBlasts & CISD Communications To Continue
Beginning this week, parents and staff will start receiving the eBlast newsletter twice a week. You can expect the eBlast to come directly to your email address about 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during our emergency closure period. In addition, CISD is committed to ongoing communications to keep you informed. You should visit our social media sites, download the free Mobile Dragon app and visit our COVID-19 Website often. Each Sunday at 4 p.m., we will send you an email update before our next week of learning begins.
Share Your Learning Online
We want to see our students and families learning online. If you are comfortable doing so, take pictures of you and your child learning and share via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Tag @carrollisd and use the hashtag #DragonStrong to connect the posts together. These social media tweets and posts are encouraging to our staff and show our community that our Dragons are resilient in the face of adversity.
This is NOT Virtual Classroom Learning
Because our teachers and support staff are also parents and spouses dealing with their own family needs and children at home during this time of social distancing, keep in mind that online instruction will not be virtual classrooms where teachers are lecturing on screen during class time. Instead, lessons will launch through our COVID-19 Website for PK-4 students beginning at 4 p.m. today (Sunday) and teachers will be pushing lessons out through Seesaw beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. For our students in grades 5-12, lessons will be pushed out Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m. through Canvas. NOTE: During the duration of our emergency closure, CISD will launch new PK-4 lesson plans every Sunday at 4 p.m. Teachers for Grades 5-12 will continue to push their lessons out day-to-day. Students will still be able to see past lesson plans once new lessons are launched.
Who Should Parents Contact For Help?
First, reach out directly to your child’s teacher via email if you need any help with lessons or homework. If you need password, device or tech-related help, information including a help telephone line, is provided at the bottom of this email.
Login At Your Convenience
Your child does not have to login during the scheduled class time, but your child should log in daily. Lessons will be available online and you can work based on your own schedule. Teachers will be available during specific times throughout the day for questions and interaction, just like having their daily planning period. The times can either be found in the email sent to you by your campus principal OR on the individual teacher’s webpage or Canvas page. In some cases, teachers may have already invited or plan to invite students to go online using Google Meets, closed Facebook groups or other online chat tools, but these will be announced ahead of time and not required for participation. We just know that face-to-face and personalized interaction is still so critical to having happy students and teachers! Google docs will be used by many teachers to collaborate with students online, as well.
Grace > Grades
While we know you have many questions about what the next few weeks will look like for your child, let us all concentrate on the physical and emotional needs of our students first. You can expect some trouble with connectivity at times, lack of interest or desire, and maybe even some behavioral issues. Take it one step at a time. Our counselors have launched resources online and you may need to take a break, do some fun activities with your kids and remind them that we will all figure this out, together. We won’t be posting actual grades for their homework assignments because our focus will be on their continued learning and collaboration with their teachers. Completion of assignments is important for your child to get credit for the class or course. CISD is collaborating with other districts to determine how this credit will be assigned, but our goal is to have students actually doing the work, not worrying about assigning a specific grade for their work.
Parents of Students in Grades PK-4
Beginning Monday morning, go to our COVID-19 website and click on the link that says Teacher-Based Instruction. Then, you can find the button corresponding to your child’s grade level. When you click on it, you should see a one-week lesson plan for you and your child to follow for each core subject. Our platform for PK-4 will be Seesaw. Teachers will push out Seesaw activities at 8 a.m. each Monday. Your student is not required to do the extension activities as they are optional learning opportunities. Be sure to schedule in some breaks and play time for your child throughout the day. We don’t need them finishing a week worth of lessons in one day.
Parents of Students in Grades 5-12
Using your CISD-issued laptop, have your child log into their Student Canvas Account at their own convenience Monday and visit each of their core subject links to find class notes, teacher-prepared lessons, activities and homework assignments with due dates. Completion of the assignments by the due date will help you get “credit” for the course or class. Some teachers may have posted other lessons in advance, but students are only expected to login each day and work through that day’s assignments/lessons. As a reminder, Monday is a “B” day for students in grades 9-12 on the block schedule. This means teachers for your B-day classes will have lessons online and you just need to focus on those classes on your typical B-day schedule. Again, log in each day, but you are not expected to be logged in during a specific time or during that class time.
Special Needs, Encore and Enrichment
Our special education teachers, related services, dyslexia team, encore teachers and our gifted and talented teachers have been working all week to provide support and enrichment for our students. Encore lessons have been provided at the bottom of each lesson plan for each grade level. While we strongly believe that encore classes greatly enrich the learning of our students, we want you to know that these activities are optional and are being provided for families to access for students as needed. Enrichment activities for GT students are already built-in to each lesson plan for the various grade levels. Parents can find Enrichment at the bottom of each subject area lesson plan. These GT activities will also be pushed out through Seesaw by the campus GT teachers themselves. Your child’s science lab lesson will come directly from the science lab teacher through Seesaw. Special Education and Dyslexia resources are provided as separate links on the Teacher-Based Instruction webpage. A communication from our special programs staff will be sent directly to the parents of special needs students via email Monday.
Our Technology staff has been working long hours to help ensure a smooth transition to online learning platforms. They have launched a webpage and help desk to assist students, teachers and parents. You can visit the Technology – Remote Learning webpage for more information. Monday morning we will have staff available online or by phone to address questions and assist with connectivity, passwords or any other tech-related issues. Please be patient, especially the first few days, as our staff works to meet each and every individual call or need.
K-4 Student Devices
Your K-4 student will need a device (laptop (Apple or PC), iPad, etc.) in order to connect with the web-based instructional resources that his/her teacher will be sharing. It is not necessary to use a district-provided device, in fact, we prefer you use your own at home. But, if your child has no access to an internet-enabled device, one can be provided by CISD. To request your child’s assigned iPad, please submit a help request by calling 817-949-HELP or go to https://help.southlakecarroll.edu. A technician will then go pick up your child’s device and reconfigure it to work on your home Wi-Fi. Please note: Due to the restrictions on the number of people allowed at a gathering, and the manpower needed to configure each iPad, we will be scheduling appointments and the response time could be longer than we desire. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
We know this is a lot of information, so save this email and don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have a question. We want to reiterate again that we are in this together and will work through online learning day by day. For PK-4 students, CISD staff wrote an entirely new online curriculum plan to ensure consistency for all students. The plan, however, is still based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each grade level. For students in grades 5-12, teachers will continue to teach the content in CISD’s scope and sequence curriculum for each course, but cancellation of the STAAR means we can spend our time this spring going deeper into the content learning for students. This is a new norm for our staff, and we ask for your understanding, patience and a lot of grace, especially for our teachers.
The communications from teachers, campus administrators and the district will seem intense for a few days. If you have more than one child on more than one campus, it can feel overwhelming. Work through them as you can, parents. We will encourage our staff to use clear subject lines and try to limit emailing you multiple times for the same class throughout the day!
Above all, we love your kids, and we want them to be happy, healthy and connected to their teachers.
CISD Leadership Team
Updated 3.20.20 - Sunday Email Coming!
Parents can expect to hear from Carroll ISD via email at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. This communication will provide an update from the district, along with all the details for the launch of the online teacher-based instruction. Watch also for an email from your campus principal sometime before Monday.
Updated 3.19.20 - Carroll Schools to Close Through April 3
Today during a noon press conference, Governor Greg Abbott announced a Public Health Disaster in Texas due to COVID-19 - the first of its kind in the state since 1901. As part of the order, he announced all schools will be closed through April 3 to help prevent the spread of disease. All school-sponsored events and activities will be canceled during this time period as well.
Carroll ISD joins other districts across the state in complying with the declaration and extending our current closure through April 3, at which time state and health department officials will reassess the situation. The Governor’s announcement included further closures and restrictions statewide, but did not institute a shelter-in-place directive. All critical essential services will continue, and domestic travel is still allowed.
We urge all Dragon families to practice social distancing and do your part to help combat the spread of COVID-19. We will be posting a copy of the Public Health Disaster Declaration directly to our COVID-19 website today.
The University Interscholastic League has also notified public schools today that UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th. Districts will receive further guidance regarding practices and rehearsals depending on the reopen date for public schools.
We will continue to monitor guidance from the state and will share information with you as it becomes available. Online teacher-based instruction is still scheduled to begin Monday.
David J. Faltys
Updated 3.16.20 - Letter to Dragon FamliesDragon Families,Good afternoon! It’s certainly a new day for all of us as we face possible extended school closures and social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The leadership team at Carroll ISD is committed to keeping you informed and providing continuity of services to the extent we are able through these unprecedented times. We are working with the City of Southlake as well as county and state health officials to ensure we have facts and to collaborate on decisions to support the public during this pandemic health situation.First and foremost, however, is our care and concern for the health and safety of our students, their families and our more than 1,100 employees. Even learning is secondary to the emotional and physical well-being of our children right now. While we have plans to share teacher-based online instructional lessons beginning next week, do not expect it to be school as usual. Many of our staff members are just trying to take care of their own families and settle into this new norm. We want you to love on your kids, spend time as a family, take walks, play games and reassure them that we are #DragonStrong, and we’ll get through this together.We have been notified by one of our Carroll ISD students that a parent has tested positive for COVID-19. This is actually one of two positive Southlake cases, according to the Tarrant County Health Department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. It is a sobering reminder that the health and safety of our families is the most important thing right now. Please heed the warnings to stay home, avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing.Today we are rolling out information on our website with links to a list of interactive activities and read-alouds, as well as online resources for all content areas and grade levels. This is NOT the teacher-based instructional plan that will roll out next week. Our website now has counseling support services and other resources to support all our Dragon families. Detailed FAQs will soon be added, with ongoing updates, so check the links often.We are communicating directly with our families who qualify for free lunch service and will be delivering sack lunches beginning Tuesday. We had requests from volunteers to donate breakfast and snack items but we have received guidance from Tarrant County Health Department today that public schools should not accept these items from individuals to ensure the health of the receiving students and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Likewise, deliveries must be done by Carroll ISD staff to ensure confidentiality. We so appreciate all of you who reached out to offer your help and assistance. You can certainly help in other ways with local food banks, church drives and watching out for your neighbors.We know you have questions about what a possible long-term closure might look like, but our recommendation is to just take one day at a time right now. Trying to figure out long-term decisions can feel overwhelming for many, creating significant anxiety. It also distracts our staff’s time and focus from more immediate and pressing decisions. This week our teachers will be sending brief messages to their students either through email or videos, just to check in, say hello and encourage them.We have been working diligently as part of The Resiliency Project to ensure that in the face of adversity or trouble, our students and staff have the skills, resources and personal resiliency to bounce back. Our message developed by our own students reminds us:
We are Braver than yesterday. Smarter today. Stronger than challenges coming our way.Please follow Carroll ISD’s website and social media sites for official school communications and information. You can visit our COVID-19 Website link here for all the resources we are sharing today. Timely updates will be provided to parents via our website, social media accounts and through period emails. Here is also a link to a video message from Superintendent David Faltys.Stay safe and well, Dragons!CISD Leadership Team
Updated 3.13.20 - Carroll ISD Closed March 16-27
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: On March 13, 2020 the Tarrant County Health Department recommened public schools close for two weeks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Carroll ISD will be closed March 16-27, 2020.
Following a recommendation from the Tarrant County Health Department, a number of public school districts in north Texas are announcing a two-week closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After collaborating with state and county health officials and other education leaders this morning, Superintendent David Faltys announced that Carroll ISD will be closed March 16-27, along with the cancelation of all extracurricular activities and school events during the same period. This decision was the result of a recommendation from the Tarrant County Health Department. We will reevaluate the situation at the end of this closure before making any other long-term announcements.
The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. The goals of this announced closure are to help prevent the spread of disease and to give our staff additional time to plan for continuity of services should it become necessary for public schools to close for longer. We ask each of you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by limiting your attendance at social gatherings and large public events. Wash your hands regularly and isolate yourself if you begin experiencing symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tarrant County Health Department is available on our website. The cancellation of mass gathering events can dramatically help flatten the curve for the spread of the coronavirus disease.
We acknowledge that an unexpected school closure creates a hardship on our parents and staff because of work, childcare and other considerations. But we hope you know our efforts coming to this decision have been done with the best interests of everyone involved. We also know and understand that for many low income students, school is the one place that they can count on for meals and support. To that end, we are all committed to taking care of our most vulnerable populations. Our staff will be planning and preparing to assist students who might need support during this extended closure.
Some Carroll ISD employees need to be available to work when requested during this extended spring break period. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities in our prevention planning. Professional development originally planned for Monday is canceled. Please stay home and wait for forthcoming guidance from the district and your supervisor.
CISD will send a more personalized message to all Dragon families today and will be sharing a FAQ to help with questions you may have about this two-week closure.
We join City of Southlake leaders in a united effort to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of our Dragon families.
CISD Leadership Team
Updated 3.10.20 - First Presumptive Positive Case for Tarrant County
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: On March 10, 2020 the Tarrant County Health Department announced its first "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus.
The patient is a resident of Tarrant County and is currently under surveillance in a hospital in Fort Worth. Click here to read the TCHD announcement.
Posted 3.9.20 - Novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19)
CISD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK: Carroll ISD is currently closed for Spring Break from March 9-13. Employees return for professional development on Monday, March 16 which is a student holiday. Students return on Tuesday, March 17th.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Official CDC travel alerts - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
EMPLOYEE/SUBSTITUTE TRAVEL: Carroll ISD has announced that it will require ALL employees and substitute teachers to complete a travel survey prior to returning to work after spring break. The survey will be sent to employees directly from CISD on Sunday, March 15th and all employees will be required to participate in the survey. Employees/substitutes who have traveled to locations covered on the CDC travel alert website will be asked to self-isolate by the CDC/health department for 14 days and must be asymptomatic before they can return to work.
NOTE: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Carroll ISD is requiring that all students/families who traveled in the last 14 days to a location on the CDC travel alert website, please email the district at CISDtravelalert@southlakecarroll.edu BEFORE your child returns to school on Tuesday, March 17th. CISD will visit with families and share pertinent health department recommendations to determine if the student is cleared to return to school. The Texas Education Agency reminded school officials on March 6th that "districts and open-enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or not they pose a health risk to others in the community."
Screening for New Student Enrollment: Beginning immediately, ALL new students enrolling in Carroll ISD will be asked about travel within the last 14 days in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols: Staff deep cleaning of CISD facilities is ongoing, even during spring break. Carroll ISD has protocols in place for the continuous deep cleaning/disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as door handles, railings, student desks, computer keyboards and bus seats. Although there are no cases of COVID-19 in our area, the district is prepared to respond further should a confirmed case be tied back to our district in any way.
CISD School-Sponsored Travel/Trips: Carroll ISD currently has no school-sponsored trips planned internationally. There have been no restrictions or changes announced for domestic travel at this time except for the cancellation/postponement of the Emerald Belles cruise in late March. The district carefully considers all facts and consults with local health department officials before making decisions to cancel or alter student travel for competitions, field trips or other school-sponsored events. Social distancing has been practiced by CISD in the past, but is not currently in place. The district’s decision to cancel/postpone the Emerald Belles cruise was made following a newly released cruise ship advisory by the US State Department. Details on the decision will also be sent directly to our Emerald Belle families.
Health Clinic Protocols: Carroll ISD has protocols in place for handling infectious diseases. Our school health clinics are managed by registered nurses with the proper equipment and training to manage infectious disease cases. Students/staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and questioned about travel in the past 14 days. CISD will immediately notify the parents of a sick child and work to follow the recommendations of the health department.
Continuity of Services: Carroll ISD has a plan in place to manage through potential school closures should the situation warrant such action. This includes a plan for continuity of services including ongoing communication with staff and families, as well as offering some online instruction to keep students occupied/learning and any necessary actions to continue paying employees.
Important Communications from CISD